Jul 12, 2011 8:00pm EDT
-o-t-w-i-r-e... ♪ hotwire.com >>> international news today. when the half-brother of the president of afghanistan was shot dead. joining us now is the former u.n. officer with three decades of experience in afghanistan. he joins us from geneva via skype. thank you for being with us. tell me about this brother that was assassinated today. >> well, it's really quite remarkable news because he was sort of the linchpin around which they -- the whole security and political system inside of afghanistan has been built. he was an absolutely pivotal figure. >> i understand he was allegedly working for the cia and he was also, from what i hear, one of the big drug players in the country as well. is that accurate? >> even when people are described as working for the cia, i think what it means is agencies like the cia, when they wanted anything done in kandahar, they knew the person they had to go to for it was karzai. >> doesn't that indicate the level of the problem in afghanistan. that you don't go to the government. you go to the bit players in the region. or bit players overall. but they rule their area. >> yes,
Jul 27, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. >> in terms of large operational bases at 9/11, they had afghanistan. to plan, to recruit, to store material, to train, to strategize in safety. today they still have part of afghanistan. they have a big swath of pakistan. they're in yemen. they're in somalia. they're all the way across north africa in a growing movement that's now reaching down into the western part of africa. and so just objectively you really don't need an opinion. you just need to look at the facts, sir. al qaeda is much bigger and much more geographically dispersed than it was at 9/11. >> chad, would you agree with that? and what kind of operations are we talking about in places like algeria and eenggypt compared t what they had in afghanistan when they had the harboring government of the taliban? >> i couldn't agree more with michael. and i'd actually go a step further to say not only is he right that they have now expanded geographically and have multiple launch points for operations but if we step back and look at that map you'll see it lays over very nicely with what we're witnessing with the arab spring. we're also
Jul 29, 2011 5:00pm PDT
of the rest is because of the unfunded wars in iraq and afghanistan, started in the bush term which the first wars in american history that they didn't raise taxes to pay for. >> and in fairness, a lot of it is because of our economy has taken a tremendous nose dive. >> that's right. the economy has taken a nose dive. not because of any great spending splurge by the obama administration which didn't occur. >> so if you don't see a clear path forward right now, you have been there a while. you know how this sort of stuff works. how do we fashion such a path? >> the only way to fashion such a path -- let me say one thing. you have to understand how bad the boehner plan or anything they are insisting on is. i've seen too much commentary saying boehner and reid aren't that far apart, which is nonsense. the second half of getting the debt ceiling raised is dependent on a second $1.6 trillion spending cut, almost entirely from entitlements, you will have already eviscerated the direct spending part. you have to make draconian cuts in medicare, medicaid, and democrats cannot stand for that, period.
Jul 18, 2011 8:00pm EDT
. this decorated west point grad served his country in iraq and afghanistan, and was discharged for being gay. he wants to know, what's taking so long? >>> then, japan's reason to hope. inspired by the women's soccer team that could. defying a season of disaster, in a land of darkness. is the sun rising again? >>> i want to get back to our top story, in-depth look into the phone hacking scandal at rupert murdoch's news corp. matthew, first to sean hoare's death, not suspicious, that's what police say, but certainly a strange turn of ooenchevents. >> another bizarre twist. sean hoare, one of the main whistle blowers, first journalist to go on record to accuse andy coulson, former editor of "news of the world" and former director for david cameron, not just knowing about the phone tapping that he alleges went but condoning it and encouraging it. he appeared in the press with more controversy. saying that they had access to sensitive police technology for cash payments, by using what's called pinging to pinpoint through mobile phone signals, the whereabouts of people they wanted to track down. that
Jul 21, 2011 5:00pm PDT
on our hands with afghanistan, the debt ceiling, joblessness, and all of that. we can't help but notice a school yard scuffle on the floor of congress. on one side, debbie wasserman schultz, the chairman of the democratic national committee, never met a sound bite she didn't like. and on the other side, alan west, republican from florida's second district, a tea party favorite and no stranger to controversy. they're practically neighbors, right. it started when representative schultz lobbed something over the backyard fence. take a listen. >> incredulously, the gentleman from florida, who represents thousands of medicare beneficiaries, as do i, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a member from south florida. >> well, neighbor west took huge offense at this. he fired back an e-mail to her personal e-mail, i might note, and he said, i quote, "you are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the house of representatives." wow, that tells you something, especially considering how many might qualify for that title.
Jul 22, 2011 5:00pm PDT
of this group from iraq. and so there have been incidents. they provide forces to nato and af afghanistan. i think norway's law enforcement intelligence community had begun to see the possibility of an attack there. >> didn't they say this was a legitimate target for his efforts? >> absolutely. and saturday what hary said they were going to -- al qaeda was going to take revenge for the publication of that cartoon of the prophet muhammed. >> i mention that simply because we want to make clear why people might think of islamic terrorists when this happened. there was friction there although again the indication right now is this probably was not the case here. fran, is there any real lesson that can come out of this right now for other countries? it seems to me the only one really is a reit rags of this notion that you simply cannot look at your borders, you can't just look at your airports. you got to be looking at your own population at the same time you're looking at the world population in this world we live in. >> that's right, tom. the other message, i think, is for that reason, all coun